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Graduate Student Association

All graduate students are members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The GSA is the representative voice of graduate students at NDSU, formulating policy and advising the Dean of the Graduate School, the University Senate, and the President of the University on the graduate student’s viewpoint concerning all matters affecting graduate student life. The GSA acts to improve the quality of education and social experiences for graduate students at NDSU. Meetings and social events are held regularly.

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Affinity Groups for Graduate Students


Affinity groups provide forums for employees and Graduate Students to gather socially and share ideas outside their particular campus departments.  The benefits of an affinity group are to promote the value of diversity and cultural awareness and to foster an environment that attracts, welcomes and retains diverse talent. For more information go to

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Living in Fargo

Named one of Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2010, Fargo is located on the eastern edge of North Dakota, the state’s largest community.  With its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo is one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. 

The community boasts a family friendly environment with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods and a low crime rate. An active arts and cultural scene allows residents to attend symphony, civic opera, art museums and community theatre events.  The Fargo-Moorhead community offers a variety of places to shop and eat, including a newly refurbished downtown district. 

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On Campus Housing

Any graduate (masters or doctoral) student who is currently enrolled at NDSU, and has completed a bachelor's degree program is eligible for a University apartment. Any NDSU student who is married (and living with a spouse), or is the head of a household may live in one of the University apartments with members of the immediate family only. "Head of Household" is a person supporting or living with his/her child, brother, sister or parent whom proof of support can be shown.

Finding Off Campus Housing

The largest share of Fargo's rental housing units are market-rate units open for general occupancy.  Many apartments are advertised on ApartementsHQ or can be found by searching the local yellow pages online. The Chamber of Commerce of Fargo-Moorhead also offers an online business directory that includes information about apartments.


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The Metropolitan Area Transit System, better known as “MATBUS”, is the public transit system serving the cities of Fargo and Moorhead with limited service to West Fargo and Dilworth. NDSU students ride free anywhere on the MATBUS system. On-campus and near campus circulator buses make it easy to get a ride to other areas of campus and north Fargo, as well as front door service to the downtown campus buildings.

Traveling to and from Fargo-Moorhead

Located just north of the NDSU campus, Hector International Airport is served by Delta Air Lines (including partners Pinnacle, Mesaba, Skywest & Compass), United Express (Skywest & ExpressJet), American Eagle. There are daily flights to Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City. Allegiant Air operates flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Los Angeles, and Orlando.

The Amtrak Empire Builder services the Midwest with a stop in Fargo. The Amtrak station is located in downtown Fargo. There is also a Jefferson Bus Lines station located in Fargo. Jefferson routes extend from Minneapolis to Dallas, serving eleven states in the heartland of America and the province of Manitoba, Canada.


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Childcare Services

The Wellness Center Child Care Service is a licensed service provided to NDSU students. Trained staff and student workers are on hand to properly care for children on a reservation or drop-off basis. Lakes and Prairies Child Care Resource & Referral provides information and assistance to those looking for child care services in the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond.

Dining On and Around Campus

You don't have to be on a meal plan, our dining centers are open to everyone, for less than $10 per meal. Residence Dining Center is located in the Reed Johnson-Weible complex. Union Buffet is located in the lower level of the Memorial Union. West Dining Center is adjacent to the high-rise residence halls of Seim, Thompson, Sevrinson and Pavek.

In Memorial Union, you will find a number of food options. The lower level offers everything from international cuisine to sandwiches to burgers and everything in between. You can get your caffeine fix at many locations at NDSU. The Union, Minard and the Barry Building Coffee Shops offer all of your favorite coffee drinks, hot or cold, as well as a variety of pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups. Located in the lobby area of the Wallman Wellness Center, the  Wellness Center Coffee bar offers a variety of beverages and snacks.

NDSU’s locations are close to two main business areas. There are several local and national restaurants within walking distance of the north Fargo and downtown campuses.

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Grocery Stores

CashWise, Hornbacher’s and SunMart are the three main supermarkets in Fargo-Moorhead. Northport Hornbacher’s and SunMart on north University are closest to campus.  As Fargo has become more diverse, several international markets have opened.

There are also a number of organic/health food stores in town. Tochi Products and Specialty Foods is near both NDSU campuses. Tochi offers international foods, bulk items and health and beauty products. Sydney's Health Market specializes in gluten-free, top 8 allergy free and organic products. During the spring and summers, there are farmer’s markets open around the area.


The largest shopping center in the region, West Acres has over 120 stores and restaurants addition to Herbergers, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears department stores. West Acres is newly renovated and has a 750 seat Food Court with fireplace, the Prehistoric Playland kids play area and is home to the Roger Maris Museum.

The Moorhead Center Mall, located in downtown Moorhead, offers Herbergers and unique local stores in a warm community setting. The mall boasts close parking, a three-level parking ramp and of course, as the mall is located east of the river, shoppers greatly benefit from the exemption of sales tax on clothes and shoes.  

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Arts and Entertainment

The entertainment capital of the region, the Fargo Moorhead area offers a wide variety of activities for both visitors and residents. The cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo proudly boast about our thriving art-community. Whether you are interested in dance, theatre, orchestral and choral music, opera or a myriad of visual arts, you will find them and more in the greater F-M area. Highlights include the annual FM Visual Artists Studio Crawl, the Fargo Film Festival, The Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Trollwood Performing Arts School, the summer-time downtown Corks and Canvases, and the three colleges’ vast artistic offerings. For the most up-to-date listing of all the area’s arts and cultural events, visit

Performing and Fine Arts

The Department of Fine Arts at NDSU provides musical and theatrical performance opportunities for all students. Many performances are free to NDSU students.

Fargo-Moorhead Ballet brings professional dance performances and creative educational opportunities to the FM area. Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre Presents live theatre from September until June; offers something for everyone, including comedies, musicals, family shows and off-site theatre productions.

Fargo-Moorhead Opera Company  provides quality opera performances, featuring local, regional and international artists. It is the only full-time organization providing opera within a 250-mile radius.

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony presents a full season of symphonic and chamber orchestra works. Fargo Theatre is an historic landmark built in 1926; a monument to the early days of vaudeville and silent movies; features the Might Wurlitzer Organ and renovated Art Modern interior.

Cultural Attractions and Museums

Plains Art Museum is an unconventional museum of fine arts in downtown Fargo. The Rourke Art Gallery & Museum is a leading cultural institution in our region providing private and public events, including temporary special art exhibitions of local, regional and national artists.

Bonanzaville USA is a reconstructed pioneer village that portrays life when bonanza farming was at its peak in the late 1800s. It is also home to the Cass County Historical Society and Museum. Hjemkomst Center in downtown Moorhead, features the replica Viking Ship Hjemkomst and traveling exhibits.  The Clay county Historical Society and Museum and a Stave Church are also part of the center.

Recognized as one of the country's top 25 children's museums, The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm is a fun place where children and their families can play, learn, create and interact. Fargo Air Museum features vintage World War II one -of-a-kind aircraft, interactive children's exhibits, North Dakota WWII Flying Aces exhibit, Ag aviation, Fred Quam Research Library, and movie theatre.

More Indoor Entertainment

The FARGODOME has a track record of hosting some of the biggest and best concerts, the Gate City Bank Theater, and sporting events between Minneapolis and Seattle.  It is also the home field for the NDSU Bison football team. The Scheels Arena is the new 5,000 seat hockey arena in southwest Fargo and is home to the Fargo Force Hockey team.

Courtney's Comedy Club is the premier comedy club between Minneapolis and Seattle. Courtney's features nationally recognized comedians for five shows each week mid September through May.

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub is an upscale billiard parlor with the Gastropub - a full service restaurant/pub/coffee bar. Leagues and tournaments are available for players at all levels.

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Sports and Fitness

NDSU Athletics

NDSU has a long winning tradition in Bison Athletics. As members of the Summit League, Missouri Valley Conference and Western Wrestling Conference, Bison compete in Division I.

Men's Teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, and wrestling

Women's Teams: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.

Wallman Wellness Center

Wallman Wellness Center offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a variety of recreation and intramural programs, effective wellness education, and convenient and affordable child care. The Wellness Center houses 3 basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts and a multipurpose activity court as well as a 34-foot climbing wall.

Intramural Sports

All students, staff and faculty of North Dakota State University are eligible to participate in any intramural sport at the Wellness Center. Some of the activities offered are basketball, flag football and volleyball.

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Outdoor Recreation and Parks

With 10 courses between the two cities, there is golf galore in Fargo-Moorhead.

Red River Zoo is a 33-acre zoo, which features 80 species of animals in natural habitats and a restored 1928 carousel. Rheault Farm is home to a variety of festivals, events and classes of year long; 15 acres including a house and barn built in 1918.

Red River Valley Speedway hosts the World of Outlaws and summer stock-car racing on a 1/2 mile high banked oval dirt track. Thunder Road of Fargo is an amusement park featuring 2 18-hole miniature golf courses, 38 go-karts, six batting cages and 40 arcade games.

State Parks

Five area state parks provide year-round outdoor recreation activities within a short driving distance of Fargo-Moorhead. Most state parks provide camping, swimming, boating/canoeing, fishing and hiking/biking/snowmobile trails.

Buffalo River State Park (15 miles east of F-M)
Fort Ransom State Park (75 miles southwest of F-M)
Itasca State Park (115 miles northeast of F-M)
Maplewood State Park (55 miles southeast of F-M)
Turtle River State Park (95 miles northwest of F-M)

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:14:48 PM